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Digitization Tops the List of Supply Chain Priorities
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/27/2016   Post a comment
Most organizations are focused on leveraging advanced technologies, such as the Internet of Things and big data, to create a quicker and more agile supply chain.
Cyber Risk Regulation: Unlocking the Mystery of its Effects on the Supply Chain
Pamela Passman  
5/26/2016   Post a comment
Organizations are facing a rising tide of cybersecurity regulation, but there are ways to effectively navigate the requirements.
'High Automation' Autonomous Cars on Roads by 2020
Charles Murray  
5/24/2016   Post a comment
Self-driving automotive technology took a big step forward this week as NXP Semiconductors rolled out a pizza-box-sized module called BlueBox that it says will bring production-level, “high automation” to the roads by 2020.
Use Supply Chain to Predict Consumer Demand
Jesse Laver  
5/24/2016   Post a comment
The next phase in supply chain management involves shifting to proactive management by taking a “big data” approach to consumer demand in which the supply chain plays a pivotal role.
Google’s Daydream is Silicon Reality
Rick Merritt  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
A Qualcomm graphics expert gave insight into work on mobile virtual reality in Android that is about to emerge from the lab.
America II Moves into Franchised Distribution World
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
America II is quickly moving away from its roots in independent distribution to fmake a place for itself in the franchised electronics distribution landscape.
Graphics Rivals in Epic Battle
Rick Merritt  
5/20/2016   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia go head-to-head this year in a rare battle of new GPUs, memory types and processes, says a veteran scorekeeper.
Designing User-Friendly Systems: Not as Easy as It Sounds
Puga Sankara  
5/20/2016   Post a comment
Too often, IT gets sidetracked by feature-rich and dazzling technologies. Users, on the other hand, just want to get their jobs done--and they are best suited to deciding what features are helpful and which are not.
More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
Ann R. Thryft  
5/19/2016   Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
prpl Security Group & Imperas Address IoT Security Challenges via Multi-Domain Virtualization
The prpl Palette  
5/18/2016   Post a comment
Imperas is supporting the definition of a new open security framework for deploying secured and authenticated virtualized services in the Internet of Things (IoT) and related emerging markets.
Environmental Compliance: Streamlining the Regulatory Process for Manufacturers
Chuck Cimalore  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
Manufacturers must comply with a multitude of regulations that can have a major impact on their business processes and success. Good practices are key to success.
Diamond ICs May Finally Debut
R. Colin Johnson  
5/13/2016   Post a comment
Akhan Semiconductor Inc. is licensing a diamond semiconductor process from Argonne National Laboratory, which the company plans to use first for power transistors and eventually for semiconductor chips such as ultra-low-power high-speed processors.
Google Alphabet’s Boston Dynamics on the Block
Puga Sankara  
5/13/2016   Post a comment
Automation has recently become the Holy Grail in many businesses including electronics manufacturing. It may be time to slow down and consider the ramifications of these new technologies. It may not be the panacea we think it is.
DoD Reorgs Silicon Valley Outpost
Rick Merritt  
5/12/2016   Post a comment
U.S. Defense Secretary named a slate of tech execs from companies such as Apple and Google to help lead his Silicon Valley outpost, DIUx.
EBN@C-Level: A Conversation About the Shifting Supply Chain World with ON Semiconductor's Brent Wilson
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
EBN sat down with Brent Wilson, senior vice president, Global Supply Chain Operations and Procurement at ON Semiconductor to talk about the evolution of the company's supply chain strategy.
7 Creative Ways to Convey the Value of Environment, Health & Safety to Tech Execs
Pamela J. Gordon  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
Here's some hard won wisdom from EHS and sustainability managers working at world’s largest tech companies about getting leadership on board with environmental, health and safety compliance.
Embracing the Digital Enterprise
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/6/2016   Post a comment
The capabilities of the digital enterprise are remaking the way that electronics OEMs are designing, building, and transporting products.
Technology or Process: Find the Shortest Road to Efficiency & Productivity
Puga Sankara  
5/6/2016   Post a comment
Supply chain managers need to be very careful when evaluating new tools and technology to deploy in their supply chain.
Will Intel's Drone Chips Fly?
Junko Yoshida  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
Something about Intel’s drone efforts reminds me of Intel’s past stumbles in the mobile SoC market. Is Intel flying into the drone market from the wrong angle?
3 Trends Shaping Supply Chain Tech This Year
Scott Slinker  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
The right technology can make or break a supply chain. Here's a look at some of the biggest tech trends that OEMs can expect.
Spring Cleaning: 6 Ways to Refresh Your Supply Chain Operations
Steve Rice  
5/2/2016   Post a comment
Here are a few tips and strategies for “cleaning house” to achieve greater end-to-end supply chain visibility, drive operational efficiencies, and increase customer loyalty.
The Day After the iPhone Fell
Rick Merritt  
4/27/2016   Post a comment
Apple’s iPhone slump marks a new day for a semiconductor industry searching for a driver.
3D Printing Finally Matures & Goes Mainstream
Jim O'Reilly  
4/27/2016   Post a comment
There are serious uses now for 3D printing and it promises to revitalize production by bringing creative designs and small-lot printing to many industries.
3D-Printed Bones May Be on Horizon
Amy Norcross  
4/26/2016   Post a comment
Researchers in China are testing a new method to 3D-print bones made from actual human or animal bone powder.
15 Biggest Technology Wins on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/25/2016   (1) comment
New technology get's people excited. A quick look at the Kickstarter funding platform proves it. Here's a look at the biggest wins, from personal 3D printers and inexpensive computers to smart bicycles and music players.
Getting Beyond Passwords in the Mobile Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/22/2016   Post a comment
This infographic offers step by step instructions on how users can secure their cell phones, which may contain critical business data, in a few easy steps.
Trust but Verify: Wisdom on 3PL Relations
Puga Sankara  
4/22/2016   Post a comment
“Doveryai, no proveryai” - Trust but verify – As a 3PL are you able to provide service levels that are not just a trustworthy but also verifiable?
Set-Top Debate: The Next Episode
Rick Merritt  
4/19/2016   Post a comment
The latest round of the great set-top box debate is well underway, but it’s unclear who will win this longstanding battle among tech giants.
Delving into the Top 5 Enterprise Labeling Trends
Josh Roffman  
4/18/2016   Post a comment
As labeling has becoming a mission-critical component in the supply chain, especially for those companies that are operating globally, we need to keep an eye on the trends and needs that are driving the optimization and efficacy of labeling.
Industrie 4.0 Gets a Boost from Bosch
Ariella Brown  
4/18/2016   Post a comment
Privately owned Bosch is taking a major role in Industrie 4.0 with its own IoT cloud.
2016’s Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling
Josh Roffman  
4/15/2016   Post a comment
As labeling emerges as becoming a mission-critical component in the global supply chain, it’s important to take a closer look at what changes are driving today’s trends in labeling.
Robotic Process Automation Builds Agile Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
4/12/2016   Post a comment
Complex supply chains require visibility and control. Robotic Process Automation (RPA), also called software robots, process information for a more agile development of business applications.
Nanium & UTAC Partners on Wafer Level Packaging & Testing
Julien Happich  
4/11/2016   Post a comment
Europe's primary OSAT company Nanium SA has signed a collaborative agreement with the Singapore-based semiconductor assembly and test services provider UTAC Holdings Ltd (UTAC) to provide a complete turnkey backend solution for Wafer Level Packaging (WLP) solutions.
6 Critical Components of Successful Contract Management Software
Antonis Papatsaras  
4/11/2016   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs can streamline the sales process and boost profitability by deploying contract management software with a few key features.
Embedded SIMs Shake IoT & Smartphone Supply Chains
Pablo Valerio  
4/11/2016   Post a comment
GSMA has presented the final release of its “GSMA Embedded SIM Specification”. This new type of SIM is integrated in the main circuit of a M2M platform, wearable, tablet or other mobile device, but it has no initial credentials and those can be provisioned over-the-air after the device is activated.
Security & Compliance Key Concerns in the Cloud
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/8/2016   (2) comments
As much as organization are enthusiastic about putting their supply chain systems in the cloud, a natural skepticism remains, as they try to insure that they can secure their data and meet compliance obligations.
Making a Smartphone World
Logical Link  
4/7/2016   (1) comment
Dozens of third-world countries are in various stages of embracing technology in the form of a handheld device. And, that will continue to have far-reaching supply chain implications as component makers and OEMs strive to reach billions of people waiting to be part of the smartphone revolution.
Dry Heat Proves Hazardous to PCB Assembly
Michael Allen  
4/6/2016   (2) comments
As your boards use smaller and smaller SMT components, it may be time to audit your contract manufacturer’s humidity control systems.
Diving into How the Electronics Supply Chain Can Thrive in the Circular Economy
Pamela J. Gordon  
4/4/2016   Post a comment
The electronics industry has a lot to contribute to creating a circular economy. This slide show takes a look at leading thoughts on the topic.
IoT Takes Business World By Storm
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/1/2016   (1) comment
In the next five years, the use of IoT in business is going to explode, and security concerns will grow right along with the market.
Foxconn, Sharp Make a Deal. What Next?
Junko Yoshida  
3/31/2016   Post a comment
The Sharp-Foxconn soap opera, playing out publicly since 2012, exposed an unusual level of raw emotion between the two companies.
Forge Fabless Success with Hybrid, Flexible Manufacturing Sourcing
Syed Alam  
3/29/2016   Post a comment
By using a thoughtful combination of known Good Die and Wafer Buy strategies, fabless semiconductor companies can balance material costs, risk, and yield to meet demand.
Autopilot: Flying vs. Driving
Junko Yoshida  
3/28/2016   Post a comment
Autonomous car developers disagree whether to design a driverless or driver-optional vehicle. This disparity illustrates the almost impossible tasks in making infallible autonomous cars and predicting human behavior in interactions with highly automated systems.
Fabless Semis Potentially Erode Competitiveness
Syed Alam  
3/28/2016   Post a comment
Ballooning cost structures are undermining the competitiveness of many fabless companies. These organizations need to consider new strategies.
OFC: Pluggable Module Makers Claim They Can't Make Money
Martin Rowe  
3/25/2016   Post a comment
At OFC 2016, a panel of optical module makers, suppliers, and users blamed the market, the technology, and the datacenter mentality for their woes, but they're still in the game.
Samsung Beating Apple in the Innovation Game
Puga Sankara  
3/25/2016   Post a comment
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is better than iPhone because its battery lasts longer and it charges fast. Why can’t Apple make the iPhone battery bigger and incorporate fast and wireless charging?
Why the Supply Chain Needs the iPhone
Samuel Mueller  
3/22/2016   Post a comment
With the iPhone, all sorts of possibilities open up in the supply chain for order entry, inventory management, asset tracking, and much more.
Some of My Best Friends are Engineers
Philip Stoten  
3/22/2016   Post a comment
In the wake of National Engineers Week, which gave us days of inspirational quotes about, and from, those involved in engineering, let's give thanks for the work of engineers.
Apple Event: What To Expect
Brian Dipert  
3/21/2016   Post a comment
What will the Apple event bring today? Here's an educated guess.
12 In-Car Devices to Watch Drivers
Junko Yoshida  
3/18/2016   Post a comment
Automakers know that drivers get tired, they get sleepy and, more often than not, their attention wanders. But technologies to monitor drivers have taken on a whole new meaning, as more automated features come into cars.
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